Despite prom on the mind, Bucs track still victorious

Grand Haven girls track and field coach John Tarr didn't realize when he scheduled his team to compete in Saturday's Wyoming Park Invitational that the event was the same day as Grand Haven's prom. "Going into the meet this week, I told the girls that the coaches would be flexible and try to schedule girls who had hair appointments and pictures in earlier events so they could make it to prom on time,' Tarr said.
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May 2, 2011

His athletes appreciated his efforts, and as a result, put forth outstanding efforts in helping the Buccaneers win the invitational with an 88-82 win over Grand Rapids Christian.

“Fortunately, we took first place in five of the first six running events and scored well enough in the field events to put us ahead of Grand Rapids Christian by 10 to 20 points,” Tarr said. “Unfortunatley, toward the end of the meet, we didn’t have any runners left to run the 4x100 or the 4x400 relays.”

Tarr said that the Bucs led by just two points with only the pole vault remaining. Junior Jordan Keefe tied her own school record in the event at 11 feet, 6 inches, winning the event and securing victory for Grand Haven.

“I actually encouraged Jordan to leave for prom after she cleared 10 feet because she was running late, but she’s such a great competitor that she stayed, cleared 10-6 and put us in first place overall.”

The Bucs’ Kristi King, Priscilla Vanheest, Natalie Myers and Laura Addison teamed up to win the 6,400-meter relay with a time of 22 minutes, 15 seconds.
Megan Newhouse, Jenna George, Grace Kendra and Keefe won the 800 relay in 1:47.5, while Newhouse, George, Kendra and Keefe also won the sprint medley event in 4:01.11.

Alex Schurkamp, Kendra, Hannah Lundeen and Newhouse took first in the shuttle hurdle relay.

Kaeding Skelton (5-2) and Alex Schurkamp (4-6) teamed up to win the high jump relay.

Newhouse (16-3) and Kendra (15-8) took second in the long jump, while Cristina Perez, Vanheest, Morgan Hawver and Julia Stock placed second in the distance medley relay in 13:11.

Skelton and Lindsey Flaquer took third in the discus and fourth in the shot put, while the Bucs’ 3,200 relay team of Myers, Stock, King and Rachel Eikenberry took fourth.

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